Last Week in Review – Tim’s Car Breaks Down During Cubs World Series, Halloween, DUI Defense, & Criminal Defense

Posted by: Timothy M. Black

The Cubs celebrate after winning the 2016 World Series.

The Cubs celebrate after winning the 2016 World Series.

Hey, remember when the Cubs won the World Series?  I know it seems like that was a lifetime ago, but remember when droves of children dressed as their favorite superhero came to the door in search of candied treasures?  While it may feel like that was a different time, in a different world, it was only last week!  In the whirlwind of events that made up the last week and a half, we didn’t get a chance to update you on the week that was, which included DUI and motion hearings, client meetings, car breakdowns, handing out candy, the Cubs World Series, and much more:

The night of Tuesday, October 25, 2016, the Chicago Cubs, and their millions of fans, embarked on a journey of a lifetime . . . literally.  They lost Game 1 of the 2016 World Series in Cleveland, but the sun would come up the next day.

Tim's dashboard as his car died.

Tim’s dashboard as his car died.

Wednesday, October 26, brought us Game 2 of the World Series from Cleveland’s Progressive Field.  After losing Game 1, tensions were already starting to mount for the Cubs Faithful.  Blame it on decades, nay a century-plus of ineptitude, but some of the most die-hard Cubs fans were already starting to think about “next year.”  Our very own lifelong Cubs fan, Tim, was not immune from that thought as he and Laura prepared for the next day’s hearing, but was nonetheless eager to get home in time for the first pitch at the end of the day.  When he got into his car, started it, turned up The Score for some pre-game banter, and pulled out into traffic, all the lights on the dashboard of his trusty Subaru Outback went berzerk, then lost all power and the battery died.  While he stood out in the rain, trying to jump his car, he slowly realized he wasn’t going to make it home for that first pitch.  Luckily, Laura‘s AAA saved the day, and Tim got to watch “Bryzzo” start the game off with a run on the office TV.  The fine folks at All About Automotive sent a tow truck for Tim‘s car, and his lovely girlfriend gave him a ride home.  By the end of the night, the Cubs had tied the series at a game apiece, and everyone (except Tim – worried about his car) got a good night’s sleep.

Due to Tim‘s car troubles, Thursday saw Laura drive Tim to Maywood (instead of the other way around), where they successfully negotiated a Petition to Rescind Statutory Summary Suspension while Pat went to the Cook County Sheriff’s Merit Board to file LauraLaw‘s appearance on another case.  Still without his car, Tim walked home . . . from Park Ridge to Wicker Park . . . barefoot, uphill both ways in the snow — okay, that’s not true, his lovely girlfriend AGAIN came to his rescue and drove him home.

On Friday, Laura completed the rare double-header – again driving Tim to Maywood, where they argued a Petition to Rescind Statutory Summary Suspension for a different client.  Awaiting the Judge’s decision on that Petition has been agonizing, but not as agonizing as the next week would prove to be.  To make a long story short, Tim got his car back that night, just as Javier Báez came to the plate in Game 3 with the Cubs down one run with two men on and two outs.  Not great timing.  And not a great result; Báez struck out and the Indians went up two games to one.  But, Tim got his car back!

Saturday’s Game 4 gave the Cubs another loss, and put the Series at three games to one, but on Sunday, the Cubbies gave the North Side of Chicago its first World Series game victory since 1945.  That game started a week-long heart attack for most Cubs fans that ended with a Cub victory, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

On Monday, the LauraLaw team came to the office with a renewed sense of life:  the Cubs weren’t going down without a fight, the sun was shining, candy bowls were full, and the children of Park Ridge would soon be swarming the office dressed as Cubs players, narwhals (that looked like unicorns), unicorns (that looked like narwhals), police officers, and super heroes.  As we always do, The Law Offices of Laura J. Morask opened our doors to the droves of trick-or-treat-ers, and took pictures of some of our favorite costumes (please comment to vote for your favorite costume!).  Laura‘s personal favorites are the 5-year-old superhero, Cat Boy, who eagerly posed for some classic superhero stances (in fact, he was such a great ham that Laura said she would hire him in 20 years for a legal position), and the very earnest looking police officer who stole her heart.  LauraLaw is a big fan of promoting local business and giving back to the community, thus we have always participated in the South Park Trick-or-Treat Celebration.  When there were no more Snickers to be snacked on, no more Musketeers to be mowed on, and no more legal fires to put out, we closed the doors, turned out the lights, and prepared for the busy week to come.

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Tuesday gave us a Game 6 victory in Cleveland, keeping Tim‘s hope alive, but not before we filed a motion at 26th & California, and prepared for 3 hearings that were scheduled in that building on Wednesday morning.

2004_worldseries_trophyWednesday morning, November 2, 2016, a date that will live in Chicago infamy, started as many Wednesdays start for the crew at LauraLaw.  While Maddy opened the office, Tim and Laura set off for a day of hearings and courtroom appearances at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.  While there, Laura successfully argued a Motion, got an Order signed by a Judge, and got a case “nollied.”  Upon their return to the office, Laura held meetings, Tim prayed to the baseball gods, and Maddy stocked up on bottled water in the unlikely event that a Cubs World Series victory would bring about the apocalypse.  While the world did not end that night, Game 7, the greatest game in baseball history (in Tim‘s humble opinion), did end – and it ended with a Cubs victory.  Let those words sink in:  The Chicago Cubs won the World Series.


A long night of stressful baseball viewing, followed by some of us (Tim!) going to a celebration 108 years in the making, didn’t hold us back; the team here at LauraLaw was back to work on Thursday, preparing a Kladis Motion to be filed on Friday.

Phil Velasquez / Chicago Tribune Rich Hein/Sun-Times ap_16309634202562_5c1wdwbs_ftkkykhoFriday morning, Tim got up early, drove his now-working Subaru Outback to Rolling Meadows, appeared in court to file that Kladis Motion, and headed right back into the city, where the Cubs drew the 7th largest gathering of human beings in the documented history of this planet.  There, he celebrated a week and a half of LauraLaw success, and a century and a decade of Cubs futility coming to an end.  Laura thought he was nuts to join the throng of 5 million, but to Tim, the parade was the perfect end to a whirlwind couple of weeks, and a good respite from the endless loop of election commercials.

All the Cubs craziness, Halloween, and car troubles never stopped us from our primary focus – our practice areas of Criminal Defense, DUI Defense, Administrative Hearings, and Police Officer Defense.  As we forge on, we here at LauraLaw want to remind you, as always, if you should find yourself in trouble, or in need of legal representation, do not hesitate to contact this office, and one of our skilled team members will be happy to assist you.

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